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Can Historic Nursing Home Bills Help Toughen Oversight?

By Brian Chase on September 16, 2014 - No comments

nursing home safetyFor the first time, 10 bills that tighten oversight of nursing homes are headed to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

According to the Center for Health Reporting, this is the most sweeping package of reforms since regulations relating to nursing and assisted living facilities were first enacted in 1985.

New Laws Focus on Better Enforcement

One bill increases civil penalties from $150 to …Read the rest »

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California Nursing Homes Reduce Use of Anti Psychotic Drugs

By Brian Chase on January 30, 2014 - No comments

nursing homes reduce spychotic drug useCalifornia nursing homes have cut down significantly on the use of anti-psychotic drugs over the last two years, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. Federal health officials say care facilities have decreased the use of these drugs by 18 percent from 2011 to 2013, exceeding a national goal established by federal health officials. California now ranks in the top tier of those that have reduced the use of mind-altering drugs in nursing homes, ranking 14th nationally, the Journal reports.

Federal officials started tracking the use of anti-psychotic medications in nursing homes after growing safety concerns about dementia patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees care for the elderly and poor mandated the 15 percent cut in 2012 and required nursing homes to utilize a new training method that uses alternative treatment methods. …Read the rest »

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Patient Deaths Occur in Iowa Care Facility

By Brian Chase on August 30, 2013 - No comments

The Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville, Iowa, is facing $15,000 in new state fines after three residents died under questionable circumstances, according to a Jan. 22 news report in The Des Moines Register. The report states this is the third time in seven months that the nursing home has been accused of failing to provide the minimum level of care for its residents.Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Reacts to Patient Deaths in Iowa Care Facility

Health officials in Iowa have slapped a $15,000 fine on Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville that stemmed from allegations of nursing home neglect, which officials say, led to the death of a patient at that facility.

According to a Jan. 22 news report in The Des Moines Register, this is the third time in seven months that the nursing home has been accused of failing to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

The home was fined $8,000 in September when a 64-year-old woman died while in respiratory distress, the report states. Officials determined that staff members allegedly failed to provide timely interventions, the article states. Two other deaths occurred in October and November and one involved a 91-year-old woman who died of pneumonia. Her daughter told officials that she tried to get staff to notify a doctor, but got no response.

According to the report, the other alleged incident involved an 89-year-old woman who allegedly suffered two hip fractures after which she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, dehydration, malnourishment and a critically high level of sodium in her blood. She died a few days later, the report states. State inspectors visited the nursing home last summer and issued a lengthy report detailing dozens of instances involving nursing home neglect including failure to provide patients with showers, rehabilitation exercises, pain medications and informing doctors about resident’s health issues, the article states.

Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide a reasonable quality of care to their patients, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “Whether a nursing home is for-profit or non-profit, it should be the facility’s top priority to put patient safety and well-being first,” he said. “When a nursing home maintains substandard conditions and fails to attend to the needs of its patients, it can have disastrous consequences.”

When abuse or neglect occurs at a nursing home, it can have a significant emotional impact on the victims’ families as well, Bisnar said. “Victims and families of individuals who die in nursing homes as a result of abuse or neglect, have legal rights. Nursing homes that foster an environment of abuse and neglect should be held accountable.”

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Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130122/NEWS/301220060/0/DERBYFUN03/?odyssey=nav|head

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Nursing Home Abuses Uncovered During Inspections

By Brian Chase on January 22, 2013 - No comments

elder abuseJanuary 22, 2013—St. Louis, Missouri—In a chilling report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than eight nursing homes in St. Louis were found to have serious violations of safety and health issues for patients.

Experts believe that this report is not unique but is representative of the level of safety available in nursing homes across the nation.  In fact, recent data collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that one in three nursing home residents may be subject to some form of  elder abuse or neglect.

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ProPublica Files Freedom of Information Act Request for Nursing Home Records

By Brian Chase on January 10, 2013 - No comments

ProPublica, a nonprofit group put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) following which the government released uncensored write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections around the country.

propublica requests FOIA for nursing home recordsAccording to a Jan. 9 report released by ProPublica, the reports are available for the public to view on the group’s website. The government has released uncensored write-ups of issues found during nursing home inspections nationwide after a nonprofit group called ProPublica put in a Freedom of Information Act request. The group has made redacted or censored versions of the same information available through its Nursing Home Inspect tool. These versions, which can be accessed through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website, often blanks out patients’ ages, medical condition, dates and prescribed medications, the report said.

According to ProPublica, following the Freedom of Information Act request, the government has release uncensored reports that will give the public a more open view of the problems that arose in nursing homes nationwide during the inspections. ProPublica is making these uncensored reports available in downloadable format on their website. ProPublica officials say that the uncensored reports are more useful to members of the public.

For example, prescription information in the unredacted write-ups can help identify cases in which patients received medications such as antipsychotics that are dangerous for those with dementia, the report stated. The entire national collection of reports that list more than 267,000 nursing home deficiencies is searchable by keyword, ProPublica’s announcement states.

Groups such as ProPublica should be applauded for doing everything they can in order to make these types of important information open and available to the public, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “This is the type of information families use when they make important decisions such as placing a loved one in a nursing home. This is certainly not an easy decision to make. Families need all the tools they can get to make an educated decision on this important matter.” Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are reaching alarming proportions in the United States, Bisnar said. “When nursing homes shortchange their residents by failing to give them an acceptable quality of care, it is absolutely unacceptable. When this type of information is released into the public realm, it not only creates more awareness about these issues, but also makes nursing homes more accountable.”

Bisnar | Chase California nursing home abuse lawyers represent victims of nursing home neglect and abuse and many other personal injuries. For more information, please call 949-203-3814

Sources:
http://www.propublica.org/article/feds-release-nursing-home-inspections
http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes/

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Officials Looking for Other Victims of Orange County Nursing Home Assault

By Brian Chase on January 10, 2013 - No comments

An elderly woman was sexually attacked at a Yorba Linda nursing home and Orange County investigators say there could have been more incidents. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, administrators at the Emeritus Senior Living center are maintaining that the incident was isolated. But police are deeply concerned that there could be other victims, possibly even outside the facility, given the “brazen nature of the crime.”

Authorities have charged David Moreno, 28, with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old disabled woman at the nursing home. Moreno, a maintenance worker at the facility, had access to residents’ rooms because of the nature of his job. Police say the incident occurred between June 1 and July 24 of 2012. …Read the rest »

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